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The 2020 New York Giants: A Preview

Can 2nd year QB Daniel Jones & stud RB Saquon Barkley get this team back to the top of the NFC East or will this be another rebuilding year?

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The 2020 New York Giants: A Preview

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Last season saw the G-Men finish with a 4-12 record. They missed the playoffs for the third straight year. There were injuries all over the field and a franchise record-tying NINE game losing streak. After the season, franchise QB Eli Manning officially announced his retirement, and head coach Pat Shurmur was fired. There wasn’t much to be thrilled about if you were a Giants fan in 2019. But there was a silver lining.

A Rebuild Begun

Despite all the growing pains with this franchise last season, there is reason for excitement. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones stepped into the starting role in Week 3 after the team got off to an 0-2 start with Eli. His debut silenced critics who felt the team had reached by drafting him sixth overall. He went 23 for 36 for 336 yards and 2 TD (QB rating 112.7). For good measure, he added 2 rushing TDs and 28 yards rushing in a comeback win over the TB Buccaneers.

Obviously, after a start like that, there’s bound to be some regression. He did come back to Earth a bit over the course of the season, and his biggest issue was turnovers. He had double digit fumbles and threw 12 interceptions. Still, his numbers for the year were pretty impressive:

284 of 459 for 3,027 yds and 12 TD (87.7 QBR). 45 Rushes for 279 yds.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Giants have a mobile QB. While he isn’t Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson, the added threat of Jones being able to move outside of the pocket is another dimension the team can use to add to what should be a dynamic offense under new head coach Joe Judge.

A New Look for 2020

This team has continued to reshape itself under Judge. The offense has weapons galore in Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram. The WR group includes Sterling Shepard, Darius Slatyon, and Golden Tate. However, the big change with this gang comes on the sidelines.

That’s right – a former thorn in the side of Giants fans everywhere, Garrett has been tapped to take the offense to the next level. The hope is that he’ll be able to develop a playbook that maximizes the talents of the players mentioned above. While I was skeptical at first, if he can showcase the talents on the field, I’m stoked for what the offense can look like.

Defensively, the team has looked to get younger, faster players across the board. The secondary features a trio of safeties that hope to bring back memories of Antrel Rolle and company circa 2011. The pass rush still remains a question, and on the whole, the team has gotten much younger so there are bound to be more bumps along the way, especially without a preseason.

The 2020 Outlook

The expectations for this team are pretty low. Most pundits have them finishing near the bottom of the league once again. I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up being the case. Given all of the chaos that 2020 has been, I’ve decided to not stress out over the win/loss column. Here’s what I want from this team: progress. If the offensive line can protect Jones and allow him to execute the offense Garrett concocts, great. If the pass rush can find itself again, even better. Sure – it’d be amazing if they instilled fear in offenses the way Lawrence Taylor and company used to, but let’s not get crazy here. If the injuries remain minimal and the individual units can click, I’ll consider that a victory in 2020.

Final Record: 8-8

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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